I have five colonies setup using advanced control centres which is the max for my current skills (although I'm training now for elites centres and will train for a sixth colony). I do not plan to make another character doing PI as I don't want this to become a chore. I primarily log in before leaving for work in the morning and reset the extractors on 23 hour cycles, expect the Oxygen producing Gas planet colony which I put on 4 day cycles. This past week I have been checking in on the colonies in the evenings to make sure I don't overproduce or underproduce on the extractors so that I get a nice balance of not building up the P0 resources while not have factories sit idle too much.
|Fig 1 - Week One Results|
The week one results are above in figure 1. As you can see, one week produced about 37.5 million ISK worth of good at the best Jita buy orders sufficient to move my volume. That translates to roughly 150 million ISK per month. This does not include the the prices of the command centres or colonies themselves, but its safe to say they will be paid off after the first week of operation, while the ongoing cost of moving goods from the surface to the customs office (and vice versa) will be absorbed easily.
The next question is whether or not I should specialize and drop the Enriched Uranium and Mechanical Parts from my production chain as end products (since the Mechanical parts are used in the construction of the Robotics, I would still make them, just use them myself). I'm surprised the Mechanical parts are cheaper than coolant and enriched uranium actually because the latter are not used in tech II production like mechanical parts are.